The Art Forger (Paperback)

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Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum still the largest unsolved art theft in history one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years may itself be a forgery. "The Art Forger" is a thrilling novel about seeing and not seeing the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

About the Author

B.A. SHAPIRO is the author of "The Art Forger", which was a "New York Times" bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick and the winner of the 2013 New England Book Award, among many other honours. Writing as Barbara Shapiro, she is also the author of five suspense novels and one non-fiction book. She lives in Boston and teaches creative writing at Northeastern University.


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Praise For…

Boston Globe’s Best Crime Books of 2012

2012 NetGalley Pick

Kobo’s Best Fiction Ebooks of 2012

"Gripping." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"Precise and exciting . . . Readers seeking an engaging novel about artists and art scandals will find “The Art Forger” rewarding for its skillful balance of brisk plotting, significant emotional depth and a multi-layered narration rich with a sense of moral consequence.”—The Washington Post“If Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Da Vinci Code had a love child, this would be it.”—Elle (Reader's Panel Reviewer) “Ingeniously and skillfully plotted.”—The Huffington Post

"A cleverly plotted art-world thriller/romance . . . . convincingly researched, engaging storytelling. Intelligent entertainment." --Kirkus Reviews

"Filled with delightful twists, turns, and ruminations on what constitutes truth in art." --Publishers Weekly

"By page two of this novel, the reader is fully engrossed into the world of struggling artist Claire Roth, nicknamed "The Great Pretender" who copies famous paintings for a website called . . . A highly recommended debut that would be great for book discussion groups." --Library Journal

"Classy and pleasurably suspenseful . . . an entrancingly visual, historically rich, deliciously witty, sensuous, and smart tale of authenticity versus fakery in which Shapiro artfully turns a clever caper into a provocative meditation on what we value most." --Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781616203160
ISBN-10: 1616203161
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication Date: May 21st, 2013
Pages: 369
Language: English